Tree Board

The Tree Board consists of local volunteers to advise the city on tree-related issues and area beautification initiatives.   The Hahira Tree Board was formed by the Hahira Mayor and City Council in the early 1990s to regulate the planting and maintenance of trees in public places and improve the general welfare of the citizens by promoting informed management of the city's urban forest.

Hahira: Tree City, USA
The Tree Board is a key component of Hahira's status as a Tree City, USA.  This is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.  Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management.  These four core standards are: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community landscape ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and celebrating Arbor Day.

Benefits of a Tree City, USA Designation:
  • Reduces costs for energy, storm water managment, and erosion control.  Trees yield up to three times their cost in overall benefits to the city, averaging $273 per tree.
  • Cuts energy consumption by up to 25%.  Studies indicate that as few as three additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save our country $2,000,000,000, annually, in energy costs.
  • Boosts property values across the community.  Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7-21% and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.
  • Builds stronger ties to the neighborhood and community.  Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to the neighborhood and neighbors.
  • Honors the community and demonstrates a commitment to a healtheir environment through Arbor Day celebrations. 

Greater Lowndes Planning Commission

The Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) is a governmental agency setting the framework of the area’s physical and socio-economic planning. The commission is responsible for land use and environmental review, preparing plans and policies, and providing information to and advising the various municipalities and agencies on issues relating to the macro-scale development of the area. 

Purpose:
The mission of the GLPC is to look beyond short-term solutions in planning for the future of the Greater Lowndes community; to imporove the public health, safety, convenience and welfare; and to provide for the social, econoimc and physical development of communities on a sound and orderly basis, within a governmental framework and economic environment which fosters constructive growth and efficient administration.

Members:
The Planning Commission is a joint advisory board, comprised of ten citizens of various backgrounds, appointed by the elcted officials of each governing body within Lowndes County.  The City of Hahira has one appointee; the City of Valdosta has four; Lowndes County, three; and the cities of Lake Park and Dasher each have one.

Regular meetings (Public Hearings) of the GLPC are held the last Monday of each month at 5:30 PM in the South Health District Office Conference Room at 325 West Savannah Avenue.  Work Sessions are held the second to last Monday of each month at 5:30 PM at the same location.  These meetings are open to the publc.

More Information:
The City of Valdosta handles Planning and Zoning Services for the City of Hahira through intergovernmental agreement.  For more information, contact the City of Valdosta Planning and Zoning Division of the Community Development Department at (229) 259-3563.
Jonathan Sumner
Jonathan Sumner
City Manager
Jonathan Sumner was hired as City Manager for the City of Hahira in 2006.  Prior to this, Sumner served as a Project Developer for the Southern Georgia Regional Commission for seven years, bringing over $15 million in grant and low-interest loan dollars to the cities and counties of South Georgia and, at any given time, administering over 100+ different economic development projects.  Sumner obtained his Masters of Public Administration and Bachelors of Business Administration degrees from Valdosta State University. After marrying in 1999, he and his wife Jennifer moved to Hahira in 2003, and reside here with their son, Michael, and daughter, Lena.
 
Lisa Mashburn
Lisa Mashburn
City Clerk
City Clerk Lisa Mashburn has been a resident of Lowndes County for 42 years.  She has been married to her husband Ronnie Mashburn for the past 35 years.  Lisa has two sons, Randy and Bradley, and two grandsons. She worked for the City of Remerton for 5 years as City Clerk before “coming home to Hahira” in October of 2011.  She has recently received her certification from the University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Lisa enjoys going to the beach, animals and spending time with her family.  Lisa enjoys serving the City of Hahira and hopes to always be filled with laughter and the love of her family and friends.
 
Paula Stone
Paula Stone
Senior Finance Clerk
Employment with Trus Joist/Weyerhaeuser  1981 – 2008 in account payables/shipping and all areas of office.  Plant closed and began work with City of Hahira, March 2008 as Senior Finance Clerk. Member of Hahira First Baptist Church.  Favorite Bible verse: JOHN 11:35 “Jesus Wept”. I enjoy reading, watching old movies, Thrift/Goodwill shopping, and having friends and family at my house for fun/festive/Holiday gatherings.   My husband and family makes my heart happy and keeps a smile on my face. My favorite thing about working with the City of Hahira is the people I work with and the people I meet.  You are never a stranger when you come into the City Hall and the coffee is always hot.  
 
Victoria Ingram
Victoria Ingram
Public Works Administrative Assistant and Finance Clerk
Victoria and her husband, Brad, have three children.  The Ingram’s made Hahira their home in 2014.  Victoria was added to the City of Hahira family in August of 2014 as the Public Works Administrative Assistant and Finance Clerk.   The family attends church at Crossroads Baptist Church in Valdosta. A graduate of Thomas Area Technical School, Victoria possesses more than 25 years of experience including office and warehouse management, legal assistant, and business owner.  “I was immediately accepted into the community and the City of Hahira family and I enjoy working in such a great community!  I am blessed to be here and look forward to meeting new people.  My goal is to provide quality customer service to our citizens.” Victoria enjoys camping and kayaking with her family, as well as spending time with family in general.  
 
Ann Hagood
Ann Hagood
Nutrition Program Site Manager
 
 
 
Lisa Wright
Lisa Wright
Custodian